The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 67 of 268
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be brought, and we took a prodigious quantity
of fish, among which were many dorados,
or gilt-heads, mullets and others about
as big as a herring, which afforded us good
food for several days. This fishery, which
I caused to be often followed, was a great
help towards our subsistence.
About that time, and on Easter-day that
year, an unfortunate accident befell M. le
Gros. After divine service he took a gun
to kill snipes about the fort. He shot one,
which fell into a marsh; he took off his
shoes and stockings to fetch it out, and, returning,
through carelessness trod upon a
rattlesnake, so called because it has a sort
of scale on the tail, which makes a noise.
The serpent bit him a little above the ankle;
he was carefully dressed and looked after,
yet, after having endured very much,
he died at last, as I shall mention in its
place. Another more unlucky accident befell
us; one of our fishermen, swimming
about the net to gather the fish, was carried
away by the current and could not be
helped by us.
Our men sometimes went about several
little salt water lakes that were near our
fort, and found on the banks a sort of flat
fishes, like turbots, asleep, which they struck
with sharp pointed sticks, and they were
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